Beer Festival raises £25,000 for Blackburn Youth Zone

More than 70 businesses showed their support for Blackburn Youth Zone by coming together to launch Blackburn Beer Festival at Blackburn Rugby Club.

The three-day event raised around £25,000 for Blackburn Youth Zone - vital funds which will help keep its doors open for thousands of young people across Blackburn with Darwen.

The festival was run by volunteers from local businesses HSBC, Pendle Consulting, Napthens Solicitors, Farleys Solicitors, Handelsbanken, East Lancs Masonic Charity and Blackburn Rugby.

The headline sponsors were Totally Wicked, Farleys Solicitors and Hippo Motor Group.

In addition to a wide range of beers available to sample, the festival included a pop-up Whalley Wine Shop serving gins and fine wines, street food by Traeger, live music and rugby matches.

Malcolm Ireland, chairman of the Beer Festival committee and partner, head of leisure and licensing at Napthens Solicitors said: “An event that raises such a significant amount of money for Blackburn Youth Zone needs a significant amount of support. It’s humbling to see so many people from local businesses and other organisations come together to make the event work – not just financially, but through the people who give up their time over the weekend to work a shift.

It’s humbling to see so many people from local businesses and other organisations come together.

"The event simply wouldn’t work without them so thank you to each and every one of them.”

Hannah Allen, CEO of Blackburn Youth Zone, said: “Without the support from local businesses and volunteers the event would not happen, I would really like to thank everyone who volunteered over the weekend and the public for supporting the event."